Press Releases

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Gov. Cooper Announces $206M in GREAT Grants to Expand Internet Access in 69 Counties Across the State State’s largest round of GREAT grant awards will connect nearly 85,000 households and more than 2,400 businesses to broadband

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Governor Roy Cooper today announced that nearly 85,000 households and more than 2,400 businesses in 69 counties are set to receive access to high-speed internet thanks to more than $206 million of Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) grants. This is the state’s largest round of GREAT grant awards to date. With this announcement, over $260 million in GREAT grants have been awarded to providers since July 2022. Additional grants are expected to be announced this fall. 

Monday, August 1, 2022

State Awards $30M in Grants to Expand Internet Access in 11 N.C. Counties Grants funded by ARPA to connect 13,000 plus families to high-speed internet part of Governor Cooper’s plan to close the digital divide

More than 13,000 households and 582 businesses across North Carolina are set to receive access to high-speed internet thanks to more than $30.8 million in NCDIT-awarded GREAT grants, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. This is in addition to the $23.4 million in GREAT grants NCDIT awarded on July 18.
Monday, August 01, 2022

More than 13,000 households and 582 businesses across North Carolina are set to receive access to high-speed internet thanks to more than $30.8 million in NCDIT-awarded GREAT grants, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. This is in addition to the $23.4 million in GREAT grants NCDIT awarded on July 18.

Monday, July 18, 2022

$23M in Grants Awarded to Expand N.C. Internet Access in 12 Counties Grants to connect thousands more families to high-speed internet are part of Governor Cooper’s plan to close the digital divide

Nearly 7,000 households and 374 businesses in 12 N.C. counties are set to receive high-speed internet thanks to more than $23.4 million in grants, Governor Roy Cooper announced today.
Monday, July 18, 2022

Nearly 7,000 households and 374 businesses in 12 N.C. counties are set to receive high-speed internet thanks to more than $23.4 million in grants, Governor Roy Cooper announced today.

Friday, July 15, 2022

State’s Broadband Division Seeks Public Commentary on Draft Request for Proposals

The NCDIT Division of Broadband and Digital Equity posted a draft request for proposals today for public review and comment.
Friday, July 15, 2022

The NCDIT Division of Broadband and Digital Equity posted a draft request for proposals today for public review and comment.

Monday, May 16, 2022

North Carolina Announces Plan to Join Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program Read Governor Cooper’s Letter

Governor Roy Cooper sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce declaring North Carolina’s intent to participate in the Broadband, Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program.
Monday, May 16, 2022

Governor Roy Cooper sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce declaring North Carolina’s intent to participate in the Broadband, Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Gov. Cooper, U.S. Commerce Secretary Raimondo Announce Significant Federal Funding to Expand Access to Affordable, High-Speed Internet Across the Country 'Internet for All' Initiative Will Invest $45B to Provide Affordable, Reliable, High-Speed Internet for Everyone in America by 2030

The Biden-Harris Administration’s "Internet for All" initiative will invest $45 billion to provide affordable, reliable and high-speed internet for everyone in the United States by 2030.
Friday, May 13, 2022

The Biden-Harris Administration’s "Internet for All" initiative will invest $45 billion to provide affordable, reliable and high-speed internet for everyone in the United States by 2030.

Monday, May 9, 2022

State’s Broadband Infrastructure Office Receives More Than 300 Grant Applications to Expand Internet Access

The Broadband Infrastructure Office has received 305 applications from 38 high-speed internet providers for the current round of Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology grants to expand the state’s broadband infrastructure.
Monday, May 09, 2022

The Broadband Infrastructure Office has received 305 applications from 38 high-speed internet providers for the current round of Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology grants to expand the state’s broadband infrastructure.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Director of State’s Office of Digital Equity and Literacy Appointed

NCDIT Secretary James Weaver today announced Annette Taylor will join the Division of Broadband and Digital Equity on May 2 as the new director of the Office of Digital Equity and Literacy.
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

NCDIT Secretary James Weaver today announced Annette Taylor will join the Division of Broadband and Digital Equity on May 2 as the new director of the Office of Digital Equity and Literacy.

Thursday, April 7, 2022

First-Ever N.C. Education Datathon Analyzes the Digital Divide

The N.C. Department of Information Technology’s (NCDIT) Government Data Analytics Center joined The Hunt Institute and the Office of Governor Roy Cooper in sponsoring the first-ever North Carolina Education Datathon, an event which paired teams of North Carolina students with volunteer mentors to leverage technology and data to address disparities created by the digital divide.
Thursday, April 07, 2022

The N.C. Department of Information Technology’s (NCDIT) Government Data Analytics Center joined The Hunt Institute and the Office of Governor Roy Cooper in sponsoring the first-ever North Carolina Education Datathon, an event which paired teams of North Carolina students with volunteer mentors to leverage technology and data to address disparities created by the digital divide.

Friday, March 25, 2022

Application Window Extended for the GREAT Grant

Qualified internet service providers and electric membership cooperatives providing internet service now have through May 4 to apply for up to $350 million in GREAT Grants funds to expand broadband infrastructure in North Carolina.
Friday, March 25, 2022

Qualified internet service providers and electric membership cooperatives providing internet service now have through May 4 to apply for up to $350 million in GREAT Grants funds to expand broadband infrastructure in North Carolina.